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michael, john steven and susan, end quote. and this from former first lady nancy reagan. quote, she was jerry ford's strength through some very difficult days in our country's history, and i admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us, end quote. celebrities are also paying tribute to the former first lady. among them, those who benefited from a stay at the substance abuse treatment center that bears betty ford's name. and that's where we find our thelma gutierrez today, the betty ford center has quite a reputation in helping so many people. >> reporter: absolutely, fredricka. when you talk about the former first lady's legacy, without doubt, everyone here will tell you, it is the betty ford center. it is a place that opened in 1982. and since then, fredricka, 90,000 patients and their families have been treated right here. many of them, very well known.
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>> i'll miss her. i didn't know her, you know. but i did get to spend a few minutes with her and i did get to watch her speak two or three times. i'm glad that i was able to do that. i don't think she even really realized the impact that she had on so many lives. she started her place and she got people there. but sometimes i think that great people, truly great people, don't really even realize how truly great they are. >> reporter: and of course, that was singer stevie nicks of group fleetwood mac. stevie credited betty ford with saving her life. also aerosmith's frontman steven tyler came out and he also said very recently that he was treated here for a drug addiction and said that betty ford actually took a risk at the very worst time of her life and
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came forward to share a message of recovery in order to serve others. so many people now speaking out, fredricka, on her wonderful legacy. >> her courage being remembered in so many different ways. thanks so much, thelma gutierrez. meantime, let's talk about some news overseas now. the united states has officially recognized south sudan as an independent nation. the new african nation celebrated its independence from sudan today after a long and bloody civil war spanning 50 years. president obama says it's a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. and despite today's celebrations, the new nation will face some big challenges. we'll have a live report from south sudan at the half hour. and brand new, u.s. defense secretary leon panetta jumped
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right into the fight for afghanistan today. he landed there hours ago promising to take the fight to al qaeda. he says since killing osama bin laden, quote, we have them on the run, end quote. panetta says by applying maximum pressure, we can cripple al qaeda as a threat to this country. the dalai lama is in washington, d.c. today beginning a ten-day spiritual ritual. with thousands gathered on the west lawn of the u.s. capitol, the leader of the tibetan buddhism discussed the importance of individual peace of mind and offered a personal perspective. >> i lost my own freedom at the age of 16. then i lost my own country. a lot of difficulties and a lot
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of responsibilities. however, i think comparatively, i can sustain peace of mind. >> the chinese government is taking a dim view of the dalai lama's visit to the nation's capital. it dismissed him as a political exile engaging in tibetan separatist activities under the guise of religion. and now off to london where the skandized "news of the world" tabloid is getting ready to shut its doors for good. the final edition of the best-selling tabloid is being prepared right now. the last edition comes out tomorrow. rupert murdock who owns the paper decided to close it down after allegations surfaced that a journalist illegally hacked phone messages belonging to murder and terrorist victims. murdock will arrive in london tomorrow to deal with the crisis. i recently talked with howard kurtz and asked him if the scandal will put murdock's
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media outlets here in the united states like "the wall street journal" and the "new york post" under scrutiny? >> i don't think it's fair to take the tactics that "news of the world" used, lying and having people being impersonated, the famous shake sting was carried out against fergie. this is all standard procedure at rupert murdock's london tabloid. but since fox news, "the wall street journal," "the times of london" were very different cull k uchs and operate independently, i don't think it's fair to tarnish them. although the murder ok brand is tarnished by this. >> why would murdock be so quick to let this newspaper fold? >> my reporting suggests that he had become such a liability that he may be trying to protect some of his top execs, like rebecca brooks. she was the editor of "news of
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the world" during these crucial years when the phone hacking took place. and i think this was a form of damage control, a desperate move to be sure by murdock to say, the paper is so tarnished and is the focus of so much outrage in britain over the targeting of terror victims, not just celebrities, why not get rid of it? and murdock is trying very hard to salvage a major media deal he wants to do in britain. it's a $12 billion deal and he wants to make this scandal just go away. >> howard kurtz will be talking again about the scandal in much more greater depth on reliable sources tomorrow, sunday 11:00 a.m. eastern. keeping up with the royal couple on their whirlwind three-day visit to the west coast, california well, it's not going to be easy. prince william and catherine went straight from the airport to a technology conference in beverly hills. in a few hours west coast time,
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the prince will play polo in santa barbara and then tonight the couple will rub elbows with the hollywood elite at a dinner. the final u.s. shuttle mission is under way. but nasa says it still has plans to send people to space. josh levs is back with us to tell us more about this. josh? >> hey, fred. nasa wants to send people to space in one of these. take a look. and also, how about sending some more robots to space? i will show you what the u.s. is doing to try to maintain the lead in the solar system. ♪
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international space station. the final space shuttle mission began yesterday with a flawless launch from the kennedy space center. the astronauts woke up today just before 4:00 a.m. eastern time when mission control played "viva la vida" by coldplay. "atlantis" will dock with the space station tomorrow. josh levs is here to explain how and why. what's next for nasa? >> this is what nasa is trying to emphasize when they talk about this. they say this is not the end of sending people to space. they have a lot of efforts. take a look at these pictures right here. this is what nasa is calling, their words, the flagship of the next generation space fleet, pushing the envelope of space flight far beyond low-earth orbit. >> looks like the old capsules? >> that's exactly what it is. this is based on the orion.
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it's called the multipurpose crew vehicle. it could take astronauts on 21-day missions. they're also working on new technologies to get people to mars. nasa says it's absolutely committed to staying in the lead on that effort. check out this video. >> what we're doing is we're investing in a broad portfolio technology. some of these technologies are risky. some will pan out, others will not. but in the end, we'll have the technological capabilities to go to places and explore both with robots and humans that we can't today. >> design and renderings of what they're trying to create. humans and robots. >> oh, my goodness. >> that's another part of what they're working on. more of these robonauts. right now, it's just a torso. >> very humanlike. fingers. >> yeah. it has the five fingers.
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it's based on the human body. they're working to add legs. eventually they say they'll add wheels. i was wondering, why would it want a human shape? but they say everything about the space station and the shuttle was designed for people. so it makes sense to have robots that are shaped like people. even mundane tasks like fixes a screw or a wheel. by doing it this way, they'll be able to have it function. also, they're hoping eventually to send some of these guys on what is a nine-month or so trip out to mars to explore mars and elsewhere. earlier this year one was sent up to the space station. that's just the torso. i will tell you that even with all of this going on, there are a lot of people who are very concerned that the u.s. will not be dominant in space. they say with the end of the u.s. shuttle mission and clear budget cuts that are coming, the u.s. could easily fall behind other countries. that's what scares a lot of people. >> that's the concern.
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the whole race to be first in really the innovation of space exploration. the u.s. was very much out in front after the russians got the first start on it. but now it looks as though the russians will be out in front -- >> or another country. exactly. it's interesting you bring up the cold war. that's how far back this basic idea goes that a lot of people still believe that whoever controls the future will be the one that controls space. so a lot of people pushing on that front. these amazing new technologies, i've linked for you online, they're all up at facebook and twitter. nasa is working on something that will affect all of us right now, which is better ways to fly. we have some pictures of what they've put together. they want to create better airplanes they said could look like. they will be greener, faster, better in every way. and they're trying to work -- serious work by nasa scientists to fix the mess that is air traffic in this country. so when nasa talks about what it's got going, why it still
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needs this budget, don't think we're done, they're saying some of these things could have a profound effect on the way you live right now. >> it's the next chapter for nasa. >> yeah. and it's a great way to do it, using the imagery of space to improve what we do down here. >> that's incredible. i'm having visions of the jettisonje jettisje jetsons. getting closer. guess what? men are getting hired faster than women these days. even in fields traditionally dominated by women. what's behind this gender gap?
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steinhauser, live from washington right now. paul, jobs and the economy can have a very huge impact on the elections. how much of an issue is this latest finding? >> reporter: the economy, fred, has been the issue, the top issue with americans, issue number one, since december of 2007. nothing has changed. when you look at the economy, what's the top issue on the minds of americans in the economy, jobs, jobs, jobs. no surprise. it hasn't changed. in january of 2009 when president obama came into the white house, the economy was in a freefall. unemployment level jumped up to 7.8% and continued to rise topping out at 10.1% in october of 2009. e slowly getting down to 8.8% in march of this year and back up to 9.2% where it stands today. >> what do voters think about overall president obama's performance, especially as it pertains to the economy? >> reporter: they always say the buck stop there is at the white house, right? it's true. take a look at this number. this is the most recent national
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poll on how the president is doing on jobs. it's a bloomberg poll from a few weeks ago. only 38% of americans approve of the job the president is doing. creating jobs, 6 in 10 disapprove. that approval rating on just the jobs and the economy is lower than his overall approval rating which is in the mid-40s. but the blame game, a poll that just came out in the last week or two, who's to blame for the economic conditions? the bush administration, still 2 1/2 years later, about a quarter of americans say that. 25% say wall street. according to this poll, the obama administration only at 8%. >> how might this issue impact the upcoming election? >> reporter: big-time. yesterday my blackberry and everybody else's in this town was going crazy from the response of the gop presidential candidates. this is not just a national story but a state story. the battleground states. check this out, some of those
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battleground states have unemployment levels way above the national average, starting with nevada which is at 12.1%. michigan, 10.3%. north carolina, 9.7%. look at these crucial battleground states. >> paul steinhauser, thanks so much, from washington, appreciate it. we're going to stick with jobs here. let's talk about this, men are now being hired at a faster pace than women. and it's happening even in fields where women traditionally have been dominating. mary snow takes a look at what's behind this gender gap in hiring. >> reporter: of the people who are getting hired, men are dominating, getting more jobs than women since the recovery began. the health care industry has been a rare bright spot in a dismal jobs market. and it's one of the reasons why 47-year-old steven wah switched from a tech career to nursing. he landed a job here where he saw an opportunity in a field
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traditionally dominated by women. >> i came into the workforce as a man in his 40s going into this field where i knew there wouldn't be a lot of men my age that i would be competing for jobs with. >> reporter: health care is one field where the pew research center found that men are finding jobs at a faster rate than women. since the recovery started two years ago, men gained 805,000 jobs while women lost 281,000 jobs in that same period. it's a major shift from the start of the recession. this economist says then men lost 7 out of 10 jobs and says it's not surprising they are now gaining jobs faster. a pick-up in manufacturing earlier this year helped put men to work. but there's another reason for the gender gap. >> because of all of the cutbacks in government, that's had a huge impact on women's employment overall. women make up the majority of
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state and local government workers and especially at the local level, we've seen very sharp layoffs that have disproportionately affected women workers. >> more women are seeking our services and have been seeking our services in the past year. and more often than not, their reason for seeking our services is because it is taking them a long time to get back into the workforce. >> reporter: while women may be getting hired at a slower pace, the unemployment rate for men is still higher at 9.1%, compared to 8% for women. with no dramatic improvement expected soon on the job front, one newcomer to the health care profession isn't complaining about making less and working harder. >> i'm incredibly grateful for what i get to do every day. but secondly i feel like i dodged a bullet. >> reporter: stephen waugh, for one, is betting that an aging baby boomer population will create demand and thus job security.
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a forecast by moodiiemoodiesecom expected 3.4 million more jobs to be added until the year 2021. >> thanks, mary. casey anthony has been acquitted of murder and will soon be released. are her legal problems over? our legal guys are next.
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in orlando, signs of a family feud between casey anthony and her mother, cindy. a florida correctional official says casey refused to let her mother visit her in the orange county jail last night. on tuesday, the 25-year-old was acquitted of murdering her little girl, caylee. casey was sentenced to four years in jail for lying to law enforcement, however.
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but she is being given credit for time served. so she'll be getting out possibly next sunday. in fact, casey anthony is now apparently hopeful that the court has its addition right that she will be let out of jail next sunday. let's bring in our legal guys. avery friedman in cleveland and richard herman in las vegas. they're hoping they got their math right because first they thought she'd be out wednesday. now they recalculated. looks like next sunday she'll be out of jail. but her legal problems are not over, are they, richard? >> no, they're not over. by the way, as far as the calculations go, fred, my calculations i confirm with a judge in orlando as well as a bureau of prison personnel, she should be out already. this all may be a ruse. people are threatening to kill her. who knows what's going on down there? >> maybe for her own protection? >> i think so. let's see what happens.
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>> okay. clearly there are some problems with the relations in the family. we saw that. while some were taking the stand and even after the fact, she may not necessarily want to go straight home or be welcomed to go straight home, avery. >> right. >> so when she does get out of jail, there are other legal cases that might come to the surface. a civil case by this nanny or this woman that was named as the nanny, casey anthony blaming that she may have caylee all that time. >> right. well, you know, the amazing thing about that, fredricka, is everybody was assuming, including us, that there was going to be a conviction. so when zenaida gonzalez brought her defamation action, it struck me as principled but futile. now casey anthony is going to be making a lot of money and indeed, she has already been noticed for a deposition by the lawyer of gonzalez. and so that case actually has merit because casey published a
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falsity, said that gonzalez engaged in a felony, you know, criminal kidnapping. so it's going to be one of a number of things that we're going to be looking at. casey anthony is far from out of the woods. >> but does it matter whether they knew each other or not, that apparently, richard, if there's no relationship, they didn't know each other, they were strangers, there really is no case? it was just an arbitrary name? >> this case is going to be dismissed. casey couldn't talk while the criminal case was pending for fear of waving her fifth amendment rights. now she's going to give an affidavit and say, i don't know this woman. this is not the woman i was referring to. i never had any intent to defame her because i never knew her, never met her. the case is going to be dismissed, oh, my goodness. >> you think there is a case, avery? >> there is no case. she doesn't know the woman. this is not -- >> of course there's a case. >> it was imaginary. it wasn't here.
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>> she knew exactly what she was doing. >> yeah? >> this is all going to come out in discovery, many other things, including some of the things that didn't come out in the criminal trial. won't matter because she's not going to be charged again. but there are going to be a multitude of issues -- she couldn't have made the name up. of course it's going to come out. i believe there is a case there, absolutely. >> let's move on to dominique strauss-kahn and that case. apparently prosecutors and his attorneys talked this week and his attorneys say, no, no deal, there will be no plea, avery. if there's no plea and that offer was made, then prosecutors are now kind of backpedalling saying, well, we do think our case is strong now, that we can proceed? >> well, there is nothing there. the fact is it's the i'm sorry problem when cyrus fans realize that there was the crumbling credibility. the bottom line of this is that there's no way that the prosecutors are going to move forward.
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they will never meet its burden of proof. the complaining witness, there may be something there. but when it comes to the criminal case, it's going nowhere, no wrote. >> interesting. so this accuser, richard, is now trying to step out front in yet another case and say, i'm going to sue the "new york post" among others who claim that -- well, she claims that they defamed her by calling her a prostitute. >> yeah, defamation cases in new york are really not well-received. they're very difficult. the burdens are very difficult to sustain on behalf of plaintiffs. the issue would be whether or not she sustained any damages to herself which doesn't look like she has. and in addition to that, truth is always a defense. this woman has a heap of problems building up for her. most importantly, she may be deported. so there are a lot of problems she is facing -- based on her asylum application. if she gave material and misleading, false information on that, i.e., whether or not she
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was gang raped or not back at home, whether that's true or not, is an issue now. if it's proven to be false, then she lied, she's going to be deported. so there's a whole slew of problems. there's no way this prosecution can go. she has -- this dominique strauss-kahn has veiled himself with some of the finest lawyers in new york. they're not going to -- the misdemeanor offer was rejected. >> richard, that has nothing to do with the defamation action, you're right that it's not going anywhere primarily because of crumbling credibility and her asylum and her naturalization issues. it's going to open her life, she can't afford it. i can't believe they filed the case in the first place. it was a very bad judgment. >> umly, it sounds like you think this case is going to be dropped? >> or thrown out. >> or thrown out. richard? >> one or the other. it can't go forward. >> yeah. i think there's no way they can go to trial on the criminal case against him because she's going to get annihilated on cross-examination. she'll have no credibility and
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it's her word against his. >> that's right. >> that's a problem. and it doesn't mean she wasn't raped. it does not mean that she wasn't harmed and assaulted. >> it doesn't mean the case is not sound. >> that's right. >> we're not done. we'll be back and talk about an american hero, american sports hero, talking about baseball legend roger clemens. you have strong feelings about this, richard. we talked about this after the beginning stages after his testimony in front of congress. we're going to talk about what that has led to after this. and the birth of a new nation, south sudan celebrates today. we are live from the world's youngest country next. [ doug ] i got to figure this out. ♪ [ dr. ling ] i want to spend more time with my patients. [ jim ] i need to build a new app for the sales team in beijing. [ mrs. davis ] i need to make science as exciting as a video game. ♪ [ jim ] i need to push out a software upgrade.
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checking our top stories, americans are mourning betty ford. the former first lady died late yesterday at the age of 93. her family was at her side. the four children say her death was peaceful. ford is being remembered as a champion for women's health and women's rights. no word yet on funeral arrangements. and our other top story, new defense secretary leon panetta has strong words for al qaeda today. he landed in afghanistan on his first official visit as america's top military man. he tells reporters since killing osama bin laden, quote, we have them on the run, end quote. etch as we begin drawing down troops, panetta says the u.s. can cripple al qaeda as a threat to american by pressuring them now. every map you own is incomplete today. that's because the world officially has one more country than it did yesterday.
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it is on the continent of africa, sudan, as we knew it, is no more. a new international border now splits the country in half. south sudan is now africa's 54th country. it is a breakaway that more than 99% of the people of south sudan voted for. and it comes after 50 years of deadly conflict between the north and the south. let's go straight to the capital of the now independent nation of south sudan, juba. our reporter is there. nima, what has this day been like? >> reporter: well, fredricka, the stands you see behind me are empty now. but earlier today, there was quite a party here. people have been dancing and celebrating. in fact, i can hear some stragglers still celebrating just now. they've been celebrating since the clock struck midnight, since they knew that the dawn of the birth of their new nation was finally at hand after over half
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a century of conflict. and many people believe that this could not have happened if it wasn't for the sustained u.s. support over the lifetime of the bush administration and now during the obama administration. a very high-level u.s. delegation was here led by ambassador susan weiss. we spoke to them earlier. they told me they're really optimistic about the prospects for south sudan, fredricka. >> i wonder, nima, what are people looking at as they try to paint their future for this new country. it doesn't have much infrastructure. yes, there are a lot of natural resources. but what are they hoping to tackle first to make it their own? >> reporter: well, they definitely will have to start work tomorrow in earnest. this is a country that at the moment has a yearly budget of about $1.5 billion. to put that in context, to deal with the infrastructure needs, to be able to bring this country
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into the 21st century after all these decades of conflict, they need to raise about $500 billion over the next five years. there really is outside of this capital of juba very little. out of every 1 in 7 children that are born in the south of sudan -- sorry, out of every 7 children born in the south of sudan, one will not make it past the age of 5. it has one of the highest maternal mortality rates. a lot of excitement, a lot of hope, a lot of dreams being realized today. but they know the challenges ahead are going to be immense. >> as we look at the people celebrating, there's another incredible image, that of the new president who is always wearing a cowboy hat. apparently that's a real nod to former president george w. bush. >> reporter: yes, absolutely. he is never seen without it. he considers himself a little bit of an honorary texan.
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he says he admires the qualities that makes texas men quite what they are. he's never elaborated on that. but he says they're admirable qualities and he'd like to see that reflected in himself. >> all right. nima, thanks so much. appreciate it from juba in the new country of south sudan. we're going to talk more about south sudan next hour on cnn. the new country from washington's perspective. stay with us for that. clipping coupons out of a newspaper, many of us do it. when and why would it be against the law in texas? our legal guys can't wait for this case.
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he's a baseball legend. and now roger clemens finds himself defending his record in a court of law. our legal guys are back. avery friedman in cleveland and richard herman in las vegas. gentlemen, roger clemens, he went on capitol hill. he testified and now he's being accused of perjury, making false statements to congress. we're talking about testimony that didn't even have to happen. and now he is fighting for his life. he was on the road to the hall of fame. but maybe now, no. what is -- >> that's for sure. you actually nailed the issue. his deposition was taken, sworn under oath, by lawyers who worked for congress, worked for that subcommittee.
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and the purpose was to get information about drug culture in major league baseball. once he testified, even the lawyers for congress said, mr. clemens, you don't have to testify before a hearing because there may be some inconsistencies. you're going to put yourself in jeopardy. either it's raging ego or bad legal advice or good legal advice that he ignored and decided to take the chance. that's why he's in the soup right now. that's why the case is in front of judge reggie walton. >> that is going to be so uncomfortable. not only his former trainer, brian mcnamee, is going to be testifying but possibly even his best friend and someone who really looked at him as a mentor, andy pettitte. >> yeah. that's his battery meat, his dear friend. they both left new york to go out to texas to play together for a year. andy pettitte has been the
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pristine gentleman of baseball. and he, too, came to an acknowledgment that he may have dabbled with something at one point in time. but he's going to give it to them in spades, fred. he's going to say, unequivocally, roger told me he was injecting himself with steroids. that's going to come out of andy pettitte's mouth. that's pretty damaging testimony. >> there's no way around that? >> i don't know how clemens gets around that. no. i don't see it. and the judge is limiting the double hearsay. he's limiting what other people are going to say, mcnamee told them -- >> andy pettitte isn't hearsay. >> right. this is 100% coming into evidence. i'm saying the double hearsay statements down the road are not coming -- unless clemens' lawyer opens the door with some sloppy questioning. then who knows? the floodgates could open. >> it's going to be so uncomfortable to watch. let's talk about a very sticky
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situation. this one out of battle creek michigan. >> sticky. >> this one is so nutty on so many levels. we're talking about a woman -- >> oh, fred! >> i couldn't resist. she's accusing her husband's ex of sending a letter that is just coated in peanut butter and she apparently is fatally allergic to peanut butter. this is so unusual but you have to wonder if this is a case that -- i don't know, i guess the judge or any courtroom would really want to put its hands on. >> fred, these nut allergies have come to the forefront the last ten years or so. people's awareness of them, i should say. they cause shock, they cause people to have to be rushed to the hospital and their throats to close up. it's so serious. and for this ex -- >> who would want to mail peanut butter on an envelope or anything? what's your intent? >> yeah, not only was it in the envelope, fredricka.
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it was leaked through. there was oil on it. and the new wife actually picked the envelope up. now, she's been charged with an assault that is reckless intentional -- placing someone in imminent fear. she actually touched it. i actually think that the individual sent it -- that's statutory slathering, i guess. it's very serious. >> what turns out to be a very serious case, this in texas, you go to a machine to get your newspaper but don't go messing with the other stuff, the other newspapers you're not going to purchase. if you take these coupons, the coupons that everyone covets from a newspaper that you didn't buy, you could face four years in jail and you could face a fine. this is happening to a single mom in denten, texas, richard. is that "don't mess with texas" going a little too far here or is this apropos? >> don't mess with texas. you can't run away with the advertisements and those
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coupons. she's going to get more prison time than casey anthony or lindsay lohan for stealing that incomes. stealing that necklace. >> she's involved in extreme coupening and may be actually convicted of a crime. >> it's actually a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail. >> 4,000 bucks. >> everything's big in texas. >> unbelievable. unbelievable. >> unbelievable is right. >> you can look at this as extreme coupening. but it is a crime. she opens up the vending box and starts yanking out all these other coupons. the owner of the vendors found her, caught her, turned her over to the cops. she's in a world of trouble. >> all in an effort to save some money. >> there was a coupon for a bail bondsman in there. i think she'll be fine. >> oh, man. no laughing matter.
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to have a little chit-cat, get it? going to talk about kitty cats. reynolds wolf with me now. we had an interesting conversation about how much you love kitty cats. >> i'm a huge fan. no, i do like cats. there are some you like, some you don't like. this cat, i understand is adorable. >> this one is very cute. let's talk about this one right here. it was a little pooped. a little tired. someone said this is very genuine. that it just suddenly takes a serious cat nap. does that look real to you? >> that was cute. >> it's cute but it doesn't look real to me. i've never seen anything like that. that's why it's gone viral, of course. folks are fascinated with the fact that this kitty cat is say, you know what, i'm going to take a nap, just like that. >> that cat looks the way i feel. it really does. especially on hot days like this. the extreme heat saps all the energy out of you. today's going to be one of those
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days. look at the temperatures we had yesterday. wichita falls, borger, texas, beyond the century park. monticello in arkansas, it was warm, 102. 100 in monroe, louisiana. hattiesburg, mississippi, very close with 99 degrees. a few other things we've been watching is that heat spreading the other parts of the country. we have a lot of the eat coming in from the gulf of mexico into the central plains. we can expect it to be really intense over the next couple of days. we showed you the highs. here's what we can anticipate for today as we advance this map, your highs are as follows. 101 in dallas. 103 in el paso. 87 in denver. out to the west, much cooler in the 60s and 70s. east, 91 in washington, d.c. and 93 in memphis. that's just a snapshot of what's going to happen today. last fast-forward to what it's going to feel like late this afternoon with the heat and humidity. 105 in little rock. 102 in montgomery.
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fast-forward to sunday, the heat and humidity beginning to build up -- well, for some reason it's not coming up. let me just tell you, it's going to be incredibly warm. high temperatures are going to fell like they're well into the century mark in many places, especially in parts of tennessee. something else we can expect, we touched on the heat. but the possibility of thunderstorms also going to pop up, especially for parts of the northern plains, the upper midwest. and it's all coming together where we have this boundary making its way to the east. it's going to interact with a lot of moisture at the surface. that with your daytime heating will make for a very unstable atmosphere. severe storms, talking about pop-up thunderstorms. maybe the possibility of small hail. the water could stack up. you could have a little bit of flash flooding, especially on the creeksides. and you could have on isolated tornado. some of the storms may pop up into the afternoon. the reason we see this happen, you get the converging sea breeze coming in on both sides of florida, also off the carolina coast. that with your daytime heating, thunderstorms.
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might have delays in atlanta later on this afternoon. out in texas and the four corners, you're going to have the intense heat. but in places of the four corners, it's going to be some of those high-base thunderstorms, like the one that caused that duststorm the other day. might have some of those. that's a wrap on your forecast. >> cool. i like cats so much, i had two. a cocoa and a fifi. isn't that cute? and had there been viral videos back in the day when i had cocoa and fifi, i think fifi, may have made it. because fifi, it's a little tmi, actually used the toilet, not the kitty box. i thought i'd share. >> i'm going to go over here. that's a special cat, seriously. that is. any time you have to go near the cat box -- that is one awesome cat. >> that's right. may they rest in peace. reynolds, have a great day. >> you bet, fred. >> keep cool. he's out. hollywood, they're used to
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royal watchers will get their fill in los angeles over the next 36 hours. but on the other hand, william and catherine plan to do the same thing. they're getting a lot into their little bit of time in southern california. let's check in with our casey wian who's live from santa barbara at the polo and racquet
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club. william will be getting on a horse there. but it's going to be different than what he's used to, right? >> reporter: absolutely. what we're expecting here is that the duke and duchess of cambridge will be arriving here at santa barbara at the polo grounds by helicopter. that's because prince william, as you mentioned, will be playing in a poe le match intended to raise money for charity. now, there's a lot of interest in this event. the cheap seats here across the way, you can see the grandstands over there, those cheap seats, $400 apiece. if you want a vip seat, $4,000 apiece. they've already sold 400 of those seats. the causes that they'll be raising money for include at-risk youth, support for international military families and also the environment. the charity is actually a foundation that is run by prince william and his brother, prince harry. there's also some corporate sponsors who are here, tiffany, audi, american express, expecting a lot of money to be raised for those charities.
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later today after these polo matches are concluded, the duchess of cambridge herself will be presenting the trophy to the winning ta 'em. you have to wonder if the fix is in on these matches. >> that's right. the pressure is on them. prince william better be the winner. he's hoping that he'll get that trophy, he and his team, that is. casey wian, thanks so much. we'll check back with you throughout the afternoon. guess what? there is a new nation on the map today. that and other top stories next.
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a look at our top stories right now. across the u.s., americans are mourning betty ford. the former first lady died late yesterday at the age of 93. her family was by her side at the hospital in rancho mirage, california. the four children say she died peacefully. betty ford is being remembered as a champion for women's health and women's rights. and this is what the beginning of a new nation looks and sounds like. south sudan celebrated its independence from sudan today after decades of civil war. despite the jubilation, the new nation faces major challenges. south sudan will be one of the world's poorest countries. new u.s. defense secretary leon panetta landed in afghanistan today on his first

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